TT No. 472: Best Management Practices for Oil Palm Planting on Peat: Optimum Groundwater Table

Drainage and water management is an integral part of peat development for oil palm palanting. An efficient and adequate drainage network system as well as for water management is the key to the successful planting of oil palm on peat. The main objectives of water management are:

-to retain an optium water-table for superior palm growth and high yield production.
-to drain out excess water and avoid prolonged flooding periods
-to minimize excessive peat subsidence, thus, minimizing CO2 emission
-to avoid irreversible drying of the peat surface
-to minimise the risk of peat fires

Main Research: Hasnol Othman